Definition of cumbia in English:

cumbia

Line breaks: cum¦bia
Pronunciation: /ˈkʊmbɪə
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • 1A kind of dance music of Colombian origin, similar to salsa: a hot mix of cumbia, salsa, and merengue
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    • Colombian cumbia and salsa music are popular with young people in urban areas.
    • This phrase arose among a group of New York City musicians during the late 1970s and early 1980s to explain some important, however unrecognized, similarities in salsa, cumbia, and jazz ensembles.
    • This band mixes all kinds of sounds and genres, including cumbia, hip-hop, salsa, funk, and space-rock.
  • 1.1 [count noun] A dance performed to cumbia.
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    • ‘I see you are a woman who knows how to dress herself,’ he purred as we danced a tasty cumbia.
    • Some compared the quebradita dancing style to the Mexican equivalent of dirty dancing, others as a mixture of lambada, cumbia, salsa, flamenco, tango, and the Texas two-step.
    • Originally from Colombia, cumbia has traditionally been a sickly-sweet, anodyne affair for dancing couples.

Origin

1940s: from Colombian Spanish, perhaps from Spanish cumbé.

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